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Getting To Know: Black Lake Golf Club

An Insightful Interview With Nick Aune, General Manager

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Nick Aune who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Black Lake Golf Club is a golfer's paradise. Enjoy pristine course conditions and abundant wildlife amid a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Course artichtect, Rees Jones utilized every feature on the property, from cranberry bogs to a small sand quarry to produce what may be his most charming design yet. Black Lake's practice facilities include a double-sided driving range, four chipping and putting greens, and several practice bunkers. Certified PGA professional offers private instruction, playing lessons and clinics.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Black Lake Golf Club is always in pristine condition. There is no development on the golf course as it is carved out of nature. Rees Jones known as the "Open Doctor" designed a spectacular golf course with many natural features and an abundance of wildlife.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Stay straight off the tee and always select enough club on your approach shot. If you leave it short, you could be in one of the bunkers that protect the green complex.

Any recent changes to the golf course? Or any upcoming changes?
No changes to the golf course.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
2019 Golf Now & Golf Advisor
*#15 Course Conditions in US
*#2 Golf Course in Michigan
*#6 Golf Course in US

Ranked #20 by Golfweek in Michigan

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Black Lake Golf Club's 5th Hole is the most talked about hole. It was featured with the "Pure Michigan 18" golf campaign. It is a 236 yard par 3 from the tips and is nick named the "Sahara". A 200 yard bunker runs the length of the hole. Accuracy and length are at a premium on this hole.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Black Lake Golf Club's 15th Hole is a par 5 with a risk reward option that few holes actually feature.
If you can place a long drive down the left side of the fairway, you have the option of playing in a long second shot which must carry the water feature on this hole. However, the layout of the hole gives options for shot accuracy playing around the water feature to still have an option of a birdie putt.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The BBQ ribs and Broasted chicken are outstanding. The clubhouse is enhanced by an outside patio and you can dine and drink outside while other groups are finishing up on the 18th hole. The patio also features two outside gas fireplaces.

For the traveling golfer, do you have lodging onsite or partner with any area hotels?
Lodging is available at the UAW Black Lake Conference Center. It features over 200 rooms with standard hotel accommodations to 3 bedroom condominiums. We also have a 51 site campground available with full hookup.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 7035
Slope: 143
Rating: 74.8

More Information
Black Lake Golf Club
2000 Maxon Road
Onaway, MI, 49765

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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